In My Wake

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Matthew 7:18-20 – A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (NIV 2011)

As I drove along the road, there was a very large truck in front of me. As the truck moved along, I noticed that as it went by, grass and branches danced and swayed, dirt made little whirlwinds, and sometimes, garbage flew around. This made me think that, as the truck went merrily on its way, in its wake, it affected many different things and left everything different: a joyful dance of grass and branches; the dirt swirling round and round; the garbage that rose upwards and took flight. Sometimes, it seemed as if nothing were happening, yet I knew that even though I could not see it, the truck's passing changed everything in its wake.

I began to ponder my own journey: as I blithely go about my day, what do I leave in my wake? Do I show God's love and the joy of loving the Lord? Or do I stir up dirt and garbage? Even when I don't see or hear any noticeable difference, my actions and my words have had an effect on everyone around me.

The Lord calls us to show His love, His grace, and His mercy.

What am I leaving in my wake?

1 John 3:18 – Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (NIV 2011)

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for Your guidance every day. Please help us to realize that all we do is a reflection of You. Help us to show Your love and grace in everything we do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good challenge Donna.

    Thank you Donna. Good analogy.

    What a good analogy! Thank you!

    Lovely message. Thank you, Donna.

    Thank you for your thought inspiring message.

    Thank you Donna, I’m going to try and not stir up any dirt as I go about my day!

    God Bless.

    Excellent Donna. Every Pastor should pick up your theme and prepare a sermon on that topic.

    Donna, Thank you for writing and may God bless you.
    (California, USA)

    Dear Donna, thank you so much for this devotional today. It is very meaningful to me because many times I realize after I have done or said things this were so unchristian I have felt God’s conviction right away. We should be an example of God’s great love and compassion. For myself I know I have to ask God’s forgiveness in this area so often. Sometimes I feel such guilt and shame that I am trying to live the Christian life yet experiencing the joy of the Lord. My desire each day is to serve Him and walk in the pathway of His will.
    Thank you again.

    Hello Donna.
    This is the first writing that I remember reading from you, and I am glad to have read it! The words that you wrote in your prayer have great meaning! When we love Jesus, we have come to know the depth of his death. First, as God our Father views what he put His Son through to save us from our sin. Than we, with understanding view God’s precious sacrificial Lamb, slain for the sins of many, since man first breathed the breath of life.
    In all that have believed in the Son’s great work, the Holy Spirit of the living God, generates a will, to show the heart felt love for Him.
    Donna, do, continue to cling to the Light in this world of darkness.
    “Help us to show Your love and grace in everything we do.”

    Hi Donna,
    I enjoyed reading your devotional. Good observations, and so true.
    Many blessings.

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